That’s right–Legos, those small, colorful bricks that children (and adults) use to build the creations of their imagination.
Image: From www.auntminnieeurope.com, “Lego MRI: Reducing kids’ anxiety, brick by brick”
It was from the imagination of a New York radiologist and his son that a model Lego MRI scanner was first built. Then through collaboration with child life staff, other radiologists and even a certified Lego professional, a new and improved version of a MRI scanner was built to demonstrate the camera in a fun and realistic way.
Now another radiologist from the Netherlands (not far from the birth place of Lego) is expanding this project with hopes of using Lego MRI kits in children’s hospitals across the world. Children may feel less anxious about having an MRI if they build their own scanner using Legos. Using Lego MRI kits to help prepare children may even help lower their levels of fear so they can successfully complete an MRI (sometimes without general anesthesia or sedation).
Photos: Radiology Interactive Waiting Room with iPads, interactive floor projection, etc.
At Cincinnati Children’s, we know that play is a great way to help children feel less anxious or stressed. In our Radiology Department we offer many opportunities for your child to play—from the interactive waiting room to blowing bubbles in the prep room to light-up toys and iPads in procedure rooms. We use play to help prepare children for their imaging, and by incorporating play into a procedure, we may help your child cope more positively with a stressful or difficult situation.
Our radiology staff is on the cutting edge of technology and medical innovation, using in-depth knowledge and expert training to provide the very best imaging for your child. But by also focusing on the fundamentals like the power of play, we can offer an even more supportive and caring experience.